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Old Bridge Getting Purple Coat of Paint

July 3, 1991

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) _ Technically, it’s known as shade 2695. A paint catalog calls it ″tint of lilac.″ But almost everybody in this Pittsburgh suburb says their 82-year-old bridge is just plain purple.

Rich Miller, a state bridge design supervisor, decided lilac was perfect for the Hulton Bridge but didn’t say a word to the construction crew.

″If they knew it was going to be tint of lilac, they would have punched me,″ he said. ″Now I keep telling the macho guys in the field that we’re going to use pink next.″

″I’m going to have to stare at it all year, but I’m glad it’s getting fixed,″ Meredith Ziegler said of the renovations. She’s a teacher whose classroom at Riverview High School faces the bridge.

The state normally uses blue, green or gold. The bridge, built in 1909, was drab green before the lilac makeover began.

Miller said he would like to see the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation paint other bridges in pastel colors because lighter shades enable bridge engineers to detect structural cracks and flaws with ease.

″I don’t know if we’ll be able to get away with this again, but it’s going to be a landmark,″ Miller said.

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